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Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by CJ21, Nov 28, 2006.
I am wondering do these reels, hold 20 lb test line, I am looking at bidding one soon.
I have decided that a reels line rating is based on the diameter of monofilaments. I have several reels that are rated for 10-12 pond line that I load with 50 pound spiderwire. I have never had a problem. I have a snoopy pole from wal-mart that I use to catch bait. It also has 50 braid on it. Since I use braided line on all my reels, I don't get concerned about the test pound rating on the reel itself. Be more concerned if the reel is capable of handling the size of fish for are trying to catch without melting down.
All my Abu's (6500 C3's & 6000's) are rigged with 20 & 30 lbs Berkley Big Game. I use them every week on 20-40 lbs blues and I haven't had a problem. It just won't hold as much 30 lbs test as it will 14 lbs test.
The 5600 will hold heavier lines, but not as much. The spool is narrower than the 6500, otherwise, they are much the same reel. I spool my 5600 c4, same size reel, with 15lb Big Game and use a 30 or 40 lb leader, rigging Carolina style. That works well with most cat fishing. For bank fishing, if you do any, the 15 lb will allow longer casts. If you want or must have more line capacity, either go with a 6000-6500 or use braided line.
I might bid on a Abu 6000!
Charles I have the 6600CL rocket, 6500C3, 6500C4 and 6000 they all are rated on the reel as 155yrds 20lbs. I do not know about the 5500 rocket but I do know between the 5500/6600 the 6600 rocket has the bait clicker. If I was choosing between the 5500CL and the 6000 I would take the 6000 imho.
I already have a 6000, thats need repairing so I am going to get another one to hold me off.
the rockets are very nice reels,used mostly by carp fisherman.are they crome?
might i add that the abu 6500 rockets retail for $169.a little expenseve for me.lol
this is off the subject, but i have a 5600 rocket reel, and i've got mine spooled with 17 lb test, best reel i've ever had for buzzbait's, but thats bout all i use it for.
just my oppinion
Ya the 5000 and 5600 are bass reels, I am going to lean to another 6000.
I have a few Abu rockets and the 5500 CS Pro Rocket as well as the 6500 CS Pro Rocket has clickers along with the standard dual bearing end caps. The rockets are black, but they also have the 6500 CS chome rocket with the levelwind and the CT without the levelwind that come with a standard ported chrome power handle.
If you really want more line capacity then go with braid and a mono backing.